International Study Group on Systems Biology Workshop

April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

The International Study Group of Systems Biology (ISGSB) organizes biannual workshops where new developments in systems biology research are discussed between PIs, postdocs and PhD students. The Study Group is specialized in the ‘bottom-up’ branch of Systems Biology, which concerns the detailed molecular mechanisms that lead to emergent biological properties. New developments in technology and modelling, however, bring the genome-wide top-down approach ever closer to the bottom-up approach. The ISGSB stimulates intensive interaction between the different approaches to systems biology and provides ample opportunity for young scientists to present their research.

The upcoming ISGSB meeting wil be held on the isle of Ameland in the Wadden Sea, The Netherlands on September 25-28, 2012. The special theme of the meeting will be Energy Metabolism and Ageing.

More information here.

Synthetic Biology 6.0 conference

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Reminding me that I urgently need to update my conference section, this arrived in my e-mail today:

The BioBricks Foundation is pleased to announce The BioBricks Foundation Synthetic Biology 6.0 Conference (SB6.0), which will take place on July 9-11, 2013 at Imperial College, London, UK.

This meeting will be the first time in two years that an open and self-defined global community will share, consider, debate, and plan efforts to understand life via building, to make biology easier to engineer, and work together so that the results of such efforts benefit all people and the planet.

SB5.0 was held at Stanford University in June 2011, with the participation of over 70 international speakers and 730 attendees from over 25 countries.

In July 2013, the world comes together once more to learn about and help define what is happening in the world of synthetic biology.

Please join us. For more information regarding the conference, please click here.

Registration for the conference will open later in 2012. We will let you know when registration officially opens.

Corporate sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are now available. Please contact for more information.

We will send regular updates throughout the coming months, but please let us know if you have any questions along the way.

Hope to see you at Imperial College, London, UK in July 2013!


Thi Thach
Communications and Development Manager,
The BioBricks Foundation

It’s time to update the SysBio conference schedule….

October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

… but I’m so crunched I won’t have time to do a proper search for a while.  Anyone want to help?  Send a list of conferences you’re considering going to, invited to, excited about attending, to: becky [at]  Thanks!!

Systems Biology of Diversity in Cancer

August 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Center for Cancer Systems Biology at MSKCC’s first annual symposium:

Systems Biology of Diversity in Cancer

will be held Friday, October 7 – Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, RRL-104, 430 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

The event is free, but you must register to participate (space is limited). Please register at:

This symposium brings together a diverse group of investigators to discuss a critical issue in cancer research today: how diversity, both genetic and non-genetic, influences tumor progression and response to therapy.

Confirmed speakers include:
Rameen Beroukhim – Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Galit Lahav – Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
Peter Laird – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Keck School of Medicine, USC
Doug Lauffenburger – Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Ari Melnick – Department of Medicine – Hematology/Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Garry Nolan – Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University
Chris Sander – Computational Biology Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Craig Thompson – Cancer Biology & Genetics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

To support the attendance and participation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, a limited number of CCSB Young Scientist Awards will be granted.

**For further details, please see the CCSB Symposium Web site:

Sponsored by the NCI Integrative Cancer Biology Program, the CCSB at MSKCC and SKI Research and Administration.

Theorems on Biological Circuits IV

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Register now for the fourth annual meeting on Theorems on Biological Circuits, which will be held at HMS on Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm.  This is an informal meeting aimed at those fluent in mathematics.

Please register here (so that we can order drinks and snacks appropriately)


Alicia Dickenstein
University of Buenos Aires
Sequential and distributive multisite phosphorylations have toric steady states

Murad Banaji
University of Portsmouth, UK
Some results on reaction networks without assuming mass-action

Eduardo Sontag
Rutgers University
The secant condition and interconnections of passive systems

Jeremy Gunawardena
Harvard Medical School
How to make (some) nonlinear systems linear

Abstracts here.

Inaugural Gordon Conference on Cellular Systems Biology

June 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

The first Gordon Conference on Cellular Systems Biology will be held on July 24–29, 2011 at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, USA

Chairs: Pedro Mendes (Manchester) and Paul Insel (San Diego)

TOPIC: The cell as a system; how intracellular organization impacts on cell function; modeling and simulation; imaging; analytical methods

Confirmed speakers:
Nancy Allbritton, Matteo Barberis, Jean Beggs, Rob Beynon, Søren Brunak,Andrew C. Eliot, Lila Gierasch, Jason Haugh, Ursula Kummer, Stephan Nickell, Jason Papin, Elijah Roberts, Eytan Ruppin, Peter Tompa, Jim Wilhelm, Michael White, Ravi Iyengar

Registration deadline June 26!

Your *updated* Systems Biology conference schedule for 2011

April 11, 2011 § 1 Comment

Since the last post I put up on this topic sparked a lot of interest, here’s an update.  Once again, this is just a personal selection — and again, feel free to highlight conferences I may have missed in the comments.

April 27-29: Mathematics of Microbes: Biological Details of the Evolving Cell (London, UK)

May 8-13: Omics meets Cell Biology (Keystone Symposia; Alpbach, Austria)

June 15-19: International Conference on Synthetic Biology (Palo Alto, CA).  If you’re interested in this one, you may need to move fast — I just got an e-mail saying that the abstract deadline is today.

June 22-24: Systems Biology of Human Disease (Boston, MA)

July 17-19: Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (Vienna, Austria)

July 22-24: Workshop on  Single Cell Analysis (Cold Spring Harbor Labs, NY)

July 24-29: Cellular Systems Biology (Gordon Research Conferences; Davidson, NC)

August 10-13: Annual q-Bio Conference on Cellular Information Processing (Los Alamos, NM)

August 20-25: 13th congress  of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (Tubingen, Germany)

Aug 28-Sept 1: International Conference in Systems Biology (Heidelberg, Germany)

2-7 October 2011: Synthetic Biology of Antibiotic Production (Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain)

13 – 16 October: Structure and Dynamics of Protein Networks (EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany)

Update: Galit Lahav pointed out an interesting one-day meeting in NYC on June 14, “How do cells react to drugs? A systems biology perspective.

Update 2: June 14-17, Physics of Biological Systems (Orsay, France)

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